Amazon green-lights drama pilot from X-Files' Chris Carter

Parent Category: News | 01-11-2013

Following Amazon Studios' pilot announcement earlier this month, the company has given the green light to the production of its first two hour-long online TV drama pilots: Bosch, based on Michael Connelly's best-selling Harry Bosch book series and written by Emmy-nominated Eric Overmyer (the Wire, Treme) and Michael Connelly; and the After, written and directed by Emmy-nominee Chris Carter (The X-Files).

Customers will be invited to watch the pilots on Amazon Instant Video at no cost and can provide feedback that will help determine which pilots should be produced as series. If they're picked up, they'll air exclusively on Prime Instant Video and Amazon's LOVEFiLM in the UK in early 2014.

"We are very excited to be working with creators like Michael Connelly and Chris Carter, both epic storytellers in their own right," said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios. "For the first time we are bringing Amazon customers hour-long programming and we can't wait to hear what they think of these new stories."

Bosch follows a relentless LAPD homicide detective as he pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected serial killer in cold blood.

"Sharing this story with television audiences is very exciting, something that's been 20 years in the making," said author Connelly. "It is amazing to have it come together with the synergy of Amazon the world's largest bookstore."

The After, meanwhile, follows eight strangers who are thrown together by mysterious forces and must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation.

"I'm very superstitious about talking about what I'm working on before it's finished, and it's more fun if it's kept a mystery! So let me just say that this is a show that explores human frailty, possibility, terror and the triumph of the human spirit," said Carter. "I'm so excited to be telling this story with Amazon in this new frontier of television."